Perfuse vs Suffuse - What's the difference?

perfuse | suffuse |


As verbs the difference between perfuse and suffuse

is that perfuse is to permeate or suffuse something, either with a liquid or with light while suffuse is to spread through or over something, especially as a liquid, colour or light; to perfuse.

perfuse

English

Verb

(perfus)
  • To permeate or suffuse something, either with a liquid or with light
  • To force a fluid to flow over or through something, especially through an organ of the body
  • suffuse

    English

    Verb

    (suffus)
  • To spread through or over something, especially as a liquid, colour or light; to perfuse.
  • The entire room was suffused with a golden light.
  • (figuratively) To spread through or over in the manner of a liquid.
  • The warmth suffused his cold fingers.

    Usage notes

    The verb is often used in the passive voice.

    Synonyms

    * diffuse

    Derived terms

    * suffusion * suffusive ----